Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Communication

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Dear Department of Education,

This is a request for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

I seek access to all correspondents or records of communication between the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority relating to the draft national curriculum refered to in this statement (https://ministers.dese.gov.au/tudge/roar...)

I thank you for your efforts.

Sincerely,

Alex Pentland

You have contacted the Freedom of Information Team at the Commonwealth
Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department).  If your
email relates to an Freedom of Information (FOI) application made under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), the department will
respond as soon as possible.

 

This email address is only for applications for access to documents under
the FOI Act.  The department is unable to respond to non-FOI related
enquiries sent to this email address, and accordingly, emails sent to this
email address that are not FOI related will not be responded to or
forwarded. If you have a non-FOI related enquiry for the department, you
can contact the department by using the online enquiry forms at
[1]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact...
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Regards,

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

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You have contacted the Freedom of Information Team at the Commonwealth
Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department).  If your
email relates to an Freedom of Information (FOI) application made under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), the department will
respond as soon as possible. 

  

This email address is only for applications for access to documents under
the FOI Act.  The department is unable to respond to non-FOI related
enquiries sent to this email address, and accordingly, emails sent to this
email address that are not FOI related will not be responded to or
forwarded. If you have a non-FOI related enquiry for the department, you
can contact the department by using the online enquiry forms at
[1]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact...
or
[2]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact...

 

Regards, 

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Education, Skills and Employment 

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex,

I refer to your request, received by the Department of Education, Skills
and Employment (department) on 18 February 2022, for access under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to the following:

 

“access to all correspondents or records of communication between the
Department of Education, Skills and Employment and the Australian
Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority relating to the draft
national curriculum refered to in this statement
([1]https://ministers.dese.gov.au/tudge/roar...

 

Your request was received by the department on 18 February 2022 and the 30
day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day
after that date. The period of 30 days may be extended if we need to
consult third parties or for other reasons permitted under the FOI Act. We
will advise you if this happens.

 

Charges

 

The department will advise you if a charge is payable to process your
request and the amount of any such charge as soon as practicable. No
charge is payable for providing a person with their own personal
information.

 

Your address

 

The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address that we can send
notices to. You have advised your electronic address is
[2][FOI #8470 email]. Unless you tell us
otherwise, we will send all notices and correspondence to this address.

 

Exclusion of employee details

 

To the extent the department has documents in its possession that fall
within the scope of your request, we will treat the names, signatures,
position titles and direct contact details of Commonwealth employees as
irrelevant in accordance with section 22 of the FOI Act, unless you tell
us otherwise by Thursday 24 February 2022.

 

Further assistance

 

If you have any questions about your request, please email
[3][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

Thomas

Authorised Decision-Maker

Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

 

 

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex,

 

I refer to your request, received by the Department of Education, Skills
and Employment (department) on 18 February 2022, for access under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to the following:

 

“access to all correspondents or records of communication between the
Department of Education, Skills and Employment and the Australian
Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority relating to the draft
national curriculum refered to in this statement
([1]https://ministers.dese.gov.au/tudge/roar...

 

Clarification of the terms of your request

 

The department is seeking further clarification in relation to the terms
of your request.

 

I am advised that the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting
Agency (ACARA) published a draft national curriculum in April 2021.
Accordingly, we have interpreted your request to be for ‘all
correspondence or records of communication between the department and
ACARA in relation to the draft national curriculum published in April
2021, which Minister Tudge referred to as “ACARA’s April draft” in [2]his
22 October 2021 statement’.

 

Please let us know whether we have interpreted the scope of your request
correctly.

 

The department is also seeking further clarification in relation to the
timeframe over which you are requesting access to documents relating to
your request.

 

Would you be able to confirm whether you are seeking documents for a
specific period (e.g. after the draft national curriculum was released) or
rather all documents relating to the draft national curriculum published
in April 2021, regardless of date?

 

Timeframe for response

 

Please let us know if our interpretation of the terms of your request as
set out above is correct. Please also let us know if your request is for a
specific time period. We would be grateful if you could clarify the scope
of your request by Monday 28 February 2022. If we have not heard from you
by this date, we will proceed to process your request based on our
understanding of the terms of your request as outlined above and on the
basis that you have not specified a time period for the documents you are
seeking access to.

 

Further assistance

 

If you have any questions about this email or any other questions relating
to your request, please email [3][email address].

 

 

Yours sincerely

Thomas

Authorised Decision-Maker

Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

Notice:

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be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
switchboard on 1300 488 064 during business hours (8:30am - 5pm Canberra
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DESE - FOI,

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex,

 

I refer to the below email sent to you on 25 February 2022.

 

Would you be able to consider the clarifications sought below and respond
by tomorrow, 2 March 2022?

 

If you do not respond by 2 March 2022, we will proceed to process your
request based on our understanding of the terms of your request as
outlined below and on the basis that you have not specified a time period
for the documents you are seeking access to.

If you have any questions, please contact [1][email address].

 

 

Yours sincerely

Thomas

Authorised Decision-Maker

Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

 

From: DESE - FOI
Sent: Friday, 25 February 2022 2:35 PM
To: [FOI #8470 email]
Subject: Your FOI request [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex,

 

I refer to your request, received by the Department of Education, Skills
and Employment (department) on 18 February 2022, for access under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to the following:

 

“access to all correspondents or records of communication between the
Department of Education, Skills and Employment and the Australian
Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority relating to the draft
national curriculum refered to in this statement
([2]https://ministers.dese.gov.au/tudge/roar...

 

Clarification of the terms of your request

 

The department is seeking further clarification in relation to the terms
of your request.

 

I am advised that the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting
Agency (ACARA) published a draft national curriculum in April 2021.
Accordingly, we have interpreted your request to be for ‘all
correspondence or records of communication between the department and
ACARA in relation to the draft national curriculum published in April
2021, which Minister Tudge referred to as “ACARA’s April draft” in [3]his
22 October 2021 statement’.

 

Please let us know whether we have interpreted the scope of your request
correctly.

 

The department is also seeking further clarification in relation to the
timeframe over which you are requesting access to documents relating to
your request.

 

Would you be able to confirm whether you are seeking documents for a
specific period (e.g. after the draft national curriculum was released) or
rather all documents relating to the draft national curriculum published
in April 2021, regardless of date?

 

Timeframe for response

 

Please let us know if our interpretation of the terms of your request as
set out above is correct. Please also let us know if your request is for a
specific time period. We would be grateful if you could clarify the scope
of your request by Monday 28 February 2022. If we have not heard from you
by this date, we will proceed to process your request based on our
understanding of the terms of your request as outlined above and on the
basis that you have not specified a time period for the documents you are
seeking access to.

 

Further assistance

 

If you have any questions about this email or any other questions relating
to your request, please email [4][email address].

 

 

Yours sincerely

Thomas

Authorised Decision-Maker

Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

Notice:

The information contained in this email message and any attached files may
be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
switchboard on 1300 488 064 during business hours (8:30am - 5pm Canberra
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Dear DESE - FOI,

I would like to give notice that I agree to the interpretation of the message as provided, and accept it as the appropriate clarification.

Sincerely

Alex Pentland

DESE - FOI,

You have contacted the Freedom of Information Team at the Commonwealth
Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department).  If your
email relates to an Freedom of Information (FOI) application made under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), the department will
respond as soon as possible.

 

This email address is only for applications for access to documents under
the FOI Act.  The department is unable to respond to non-FOI related
enquiries sent to this email address, and accordingly, emails sent to this
email address that are not FOI related will not be responded to or
forwarded. If you have a non-FOI related enquiry for the department, you
can contact the department by using the online enquiry forms at
[1]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact...
or
[2]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact....

 

Regards,

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

Notice:

The information contained in this email message and any attached files may
be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
switchboard on 1300 488 064 during business hours (8:30am - 5pm Canberra
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DESE - FOI,

1 Attachment

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex

 

We refer to your freedom of information request dated 18 February 2022.
Please find attached correspondence in relation to your request.

 

Request for extension

 

In accordance with the FOI Act, a decision on your request is currently
due on 21 March 2022.

 

The department’s resources have been impacted due to a number of competing
priorities, and given the nature of the documents that you have requested
and the terms of your request, we require additional time to process your
request. We will use this time to continue to conduct consultation with
the relevant business area within the department to identify and review
documents captured by the scope of your request and make a decision on
access to this material.

Accordingly, we are seeking your agreement to a 21 day extension of time
(to 11 April 2022) to process your request in accordance with section 15AA
of the FOI Act. However, we will endeavour to provide you with a decision
on your request as soon as possible within the extended timeframe.

If you agree to an extension of time, we will notify the Office of the
Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) of the extension in accordance
with section 15AA(b) of the FOI Act and will provide your contact details
to the OAIC. If you do not agree to the extension of time, we may seek an
extension directly from the OAIC in accordance with section 15AB of the
FOI Act.

We would appreciate your response to this request by Friday, 18 March
2022. If we have not heard from you by this date, we may approach OAIC for
an extension.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via [1][email address] if you have
any questions or would like to discuss the above.

Kind regards,

Alison

 

Freedom of Information Team

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

 

 

 

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be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
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Dear DESE - FOI,

I have sent an email attachment with the appropriate authorisation for the charge to be approved. Just sending this to confirm it is recorded and accepted.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Pentland

DESE - FOI,

You have contacted the Freedom of Information Team at the Commonwealth
Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department).  If your
email relates to an Freedom of Information (FOI) application made under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), the department will
respond as soon as possible.

 

This email address is only for applications for access to documents under
the FOI Act.  The department is unable to respond to non-FOI related
enquiries sent to this email address, and accordingly, emails sent to this
email address that are not FOI related will not be responded to or
forwarded. If you have a non-FOI related enquiry for the department, you
can contact the department by using the online enquiry forms at
[1]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact...
or
[2]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact....

 

Regards,

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

Notice:

The information contained in this email message and any attached files may
be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
switchboard on 1300 488 064 during business hours (8:30am - 5pm Canberra
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DESE - FOI,

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex,

 

Thank you for your payment of the processing charges. We will process your
payment and provide you with a receipt in due course.

 

As outlined in our email below, the department requires an extension of 21
days to process your request. Could you please let us know by 12:00pm
Monday 21 March 2022 whether you agree to this extension?

 

If you have any questions, please contact [1][email address].

 

Kind regards,

 

Alison

 

Freedom of Information Team

 

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

 

 

 

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Dear DESE - FOI,

Ah, apologies for not noticing the request.

I give full approval to the requested extension. Thank you for replying so quickly.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Pentland

DESE - FOI,

You have contacted the Freedom of Information Team at the Commonwealth
Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department).  If your
email relates to an Freedom of Information (FOI) application made under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), the department will
respond as soon as possible.

 

This email address is only for applications for access to documents under
the FOI Act.  The department is unable to respond to non-FOI related
enquiries sent to this email address, and accordingly, emails sent to this
email address that are not FOI related will not be responded to or
forwarded. If you have a non-FOI related enquiry for the department, you
can contact the department by using the online enquiry forms at
[1]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact...
or
[2]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact....

 

Regards,

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

Notice:

The information contained in this email message and any attached files may
be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
switchboard on 1300 488 064 during business hours (8:30am - 5pm Canberra
time) and delete all copies of this transmission together with any
attachments.

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DESE - FOI,

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex

 

Thank you for your quick response and for agreeing to the extension of
time to process your request.

 

As advised in our previous email, we will notify the Office of the
Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) of the extension in accordance
with section 15AA(b) of the FOI Act and will provide your contact details
to the OAIC.

 

Kind regards,

Alison

 

Freedom of Information Team

Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

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DESE - FOI,

4 Attachments

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex

 

I refer to your freedom of information request. Please find attached a
decision and documents which I release to you in accordance with my
decision.

 

If you have any questions, please contact [1][email address].

 

Kind regards,

Alison

 

Freedom of Information Team

Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

 

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be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
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disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
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Dear DESE - FOI,
I'm just asking about the "Charge" section under the Signed Correspondents document

In the section, it states that "I have assessed the charge under regulation 10 of the Freedom of Information (Charges)Regulations 2019 and the cost of processing your request exceeded the amount estimated. Accordingly, I have fixed the charge under this provision. "

I am just asking for clarification. Does this mean I am liable to any additional charges because I haven't seen any specifics for what amount I would be additionally liable for? I also haven't seen any further withdrawal of fundsfrom my chosen choice of payment.

I apologise for the request for clarity, I am just asking to ensure I'm not leaving myself open for recourse or in violation of the FOI Act.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Pentland

DESE - FOI,

You have contacted the Freedom of Information Team at the Commonwealth
Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department).  If your
email relates to an Freedom of Information (FOI) application made under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), the department will
respond as soon as possible.

 

This email address is only for applications for access to documents under
the FOI Act.  The department is unable to respond to non-FOI related
enquiries sent to this email address, and accordingly, emails sent to this
email address that are not FOI related will not be responded to or
forwarded. If you have a non-FOI related enquiry for the department, you
can contact the department by using the online enquiry forms at
[1]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact...
or
[2]https://www.dese.gov.au/about-us/contact....

 

Regards,

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

Notice:

The information contained in this email message and any attached files may
be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
switchboard on 1300 488 064 during business hours (8:30am - 5pm Canberra
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DESE - FOI,

Dear Alex

Thank you for your email.

I confirm that you are not liable to pay any further charges for the processing of your FOI request. The purpose of the 'Charge' section in the decision is to advise you that, in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 2019, after processing your request, I assessed the charge amount as estimated in the charge notice sent to you on 17 March 2022. I assessed that the cost of processing your request exceeded the amount estimated ($65.00). However, I have decided not to charge you the additional amount and, instead, I decided to fix the charge at $65.00 (the amount estimated and paid by you on 18 March 2022).

Accordingly, you are not required to pay any further charges for the processing of your FOI request.

Please don't hesitate to contact me via [email address] if you have any further questions.

Kind regards,
Alison

Freedom of Information Team
Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

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